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The Beloved

One of the wonderful words applied to God’s people in the Bible is “beloved.” If you are in Christ, God views you as His beloved (see Colossians 3:12 & Ephesians 5:1 for only two illustrations). Life is so difficult, especially at times, that Christians must not only be aware of the concept of their beloved-ness by God, they must be regularly living in the blessed awareness of this wonderful truth. Without an experience of love we die long before our hearts cease beating.

Once Thomas Carlyle was in deep discussion with a distinguished visitor as his wife, Jane, listened. He paused in his remarks, turned to his devoted and long-suffering wife and said, “Jane, don’t breathe so loud.” Not long afterwards she stopped breathing altogether. Some time after her death Carlyle read her private journal. He discovered that his failure in kindness hurt her deeply. She died of emotional starvation. She craved and was denied love and considerateness. “If I had only known,” Carlyle   lamented. But, he  should  have  known, shouldn’t he?

And so should we! God wants His children to know and feel that they are beloved by Him. There is a beautiful security in this which we should crave and must have in life. Deuteronomy 33:12 says, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”

Henry Nouwen wrote to a friend, “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved,’ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being—‘You are the Beloved.’”

Christians, you are the Beloved. God says so! The Bible says so! The Cross of Christ says so! Our faith may never be more tested than in accepting this spiritual reality. We feel so undeserving. We are so sinful. Surely God puts up with me because of the Cross. He tolerates me and my unworthiness. But no! That’s not it. That’s not faith enough. My Bible says I am His Beloved! So are you! Dare we think that God views us as His Beloved…that He doesn’t love us only because He has to love us, but that He even likes us?!! This is the only conclusion faith can draw. We are identified Biblically as the Beloved. Being the beloved is our calling. The core truth about us is not our terrible sinfulness…not our gifts…but our belovedness. We are the beloved children of the Great, Good and Gracious God of Heaven. Live your life like one of His Beloved! Praise God, that’s what you are!

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  1. Gail Oakes on said:

    Thanks once again bringing us back to know “we are His Beloved”. The rat race of the world and our own personal conflicts tell us something different. We just feel like “how could he possibly love us?” But I know what you said here is the truth.
    God knows us thru and thru and he knows it is not easy here on the earth. But He knows our heart’s desires and He loves us I know. I was just singing with my little kitty Tig (he likes me to sing to him up in my arms) Jesus Loves Me This I Know. I do know it when I get my thinking straight.
    What more could God have done to show us this? And when we stop and think of “The Cross” we see it.
    God sent his son while we were yet sinners to die for us, giving us hope of being with Him someday. God must like us to want us with Him.

    We are studying Romans in Sunday school. Paul said in Romans 6:19 “I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves.” I get that. I know we should be more mature and strong after many years of being His, but we are not at times. But we are striving and do better at times…”so now offer your body parts in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.” But sometimes I forget this. But God’s People, Doug’s blogs, and God’s Word, help me remember that He does Love me and is keeping me safe in His Beloved.

    I don’t completely understand how God could love us sinners so, but like Doug said, He does. That’s why He is God. His thoughts are higher than my thoughts.

    Thanks again Doug. Always Love You – Gail

    You bring me back in to His Love again.

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